Unique LGBTQ+ Events Across The World

We’re almost reaching the mid-point of Pride month! June will culminate with scores of Pride parades happening across the world in support of the LGBTQ+ community. 

Despite its pomp and glamor, Pride will always be political. It was a result of the stonewall riots that took place in the US in 1969. It emerged as a gay rights movement and soon became a catalyst for other countries. Since the uprising happened in June, the month is commemorated as Pride month by the community at large.

Now, almost 50 years later, Pride is a remembrance of those who frontlined the riots, a celebration of people’s sexuality and gender which are otherwise shunned by the society, and an opportunity to rejoice together. Major cities in the world throw the biggest of the big Pride parades! People of all sexuality, gender and race are amassed in the streets engulfed by rainbow-colored decors, music, dance and freedom. While that’s the standard type of Pride celebration, some deviate from it and create a brand-new and distinctive experience of Pride. These annual events do not necessarily fall in June. Check the 5 unique LGBTQ+ events across the world that you can attend. Happy Pride!

Folsom Street Fair, San Francisco

Folsom Street Fair
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Known to be the largest leather event, Folsom Street Fair in San Franciso is THE place to brandish kinks, sexuality, BDSM culture and more! The ‘safe, open, and inclusive environment’ dates back to 1984 and is proudly celebrated ever since. Folsom Street Fair attracts nearly 400,000 people each year. The event spreads out over 13 city blocks in San Franciso and features 200 exhibitors who sell BDSM or leather products, toys and gear. Visitors are free to don themselves in leather/erotic outfits displaying their kinks with partial or full nudity. It is an adult-only event (for obvious reasons) featuring musicians, DJs, dancers, performers, and artists.

As per their statement, Folsom Street Fair is ‘dedicated to sexual liberation and the human right to pleasure as a crucial part of the whole liberation movement.’ The event is open to all but particularly centers on BIPOC and LGBTQ+ people.

It is a non-profit arts and culture organization that has donated over USD 7 million to several LGBTQ+ organizations since its inception.

Milkshake Festival, Amsterdam

Milkshake Festival
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Amsterdam’s Milkshake Festival emerged while on a quest to create an inclusive party central for people of all genders and sexualities. Nine years later, Amsterdam is gearing itself for the festival after postponing it twice in 2020 and 2021 owing to COVID-19.

Milkshake Festival is an ‘open-minded electronic dance festival’ to be held this year from July 30 to 31, 2022. Created with the utopian motto ‘nothing should be a must, anything is possible’, the festival welcomes diversity in all forms. No attendees will be barred from entrance based on their skin colors, body shapes, sexual preferences and gender expressions. “Thick, thin, small, large, gay, straight, trans, black or white: people are the salt of the earth and this is what we celebrate!” reads their statement. 

This year’s event will have 9 stages each day packed with incredible performances from renowned DJs, musicians, drag artists, and dancers. The festival will be graced by Drag Race Season 2 winner Vanessa Van Cartier, English singer/songwriter Jessie Ware among others. 

The Sparkle Weekend, Manchester

Sparkle Weekend
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To be held from July 8 to 10, 2022, the world’s largest free-to-attend festival will open its doors for everyone at Sackville Gardens, Manchester. The Sparkle Weekend reveres the trans, non-binary, genderqueer and gender non-conforming communities. You can expect live music, entertainment, talks and workshops at this family-friendly, three-day event. Sparkle – The National Transgender Charity commenced The Sparkle Weekend over a decade ago. Since then, they have been actively executing charitable events to uplift the trans community in the UK.

They also have a Sparkle Ball on July 9 in continuation of the Sparkle Weekend. Attendees will find The Family & Youth Zone, The Wellbeing and Community Zone and The Positivi-Tea Dry Space at the weekend.

PRIDE SUMMIT – Lesbians Who Tech

Lesbians Who Tech & Allies is a community of LGBTQ women, non-binary and trans individuals in and around tech (and the people who support them).’ It was formed to build the increasing gender disparity for women in STEM and tech. The organization provides networking opportunities, discounts for coding tuitions, and more via numerous summits. Lesbians Who Tech are a community of 70,000+ LGBTQ+ women, people of color, non-binary and trans people, and allies in tech in over 40 cities worldwide. 

Their annual PRIDE SUMMIT is being held this year from June 6 – 10, 2022. Attendees would be able to meet leaders from a myriad of sectors, gain access to networking and career fair, and professional development workshops, among other benefits. Past speakers at the PRIDE SUMMIT included the likes of Kamala Harris, Roxane Gay, Tegan & Sara, Melinda Gates, Megan Rapinoe, Angelica Ross, and Stacey Abrams.

Flame Con, New York City

Flame Con
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Last on the list is Flame Con for the comics aficionados! The world’s largest queer comic con is returning to New York City on August 20 – 21, 2022. The convention focus on queer creators and fans of pop culture. Attendees can expect to view new and existing comics and art from over 200 exhibitors. Additionally, there will be panel discussions, workshops, exclusive performances, screenings, cosplay and more for the LGBTQ+ community.

One can expect to see over-the-top cosplaying of queer characters or renditions of their favorite characters who are not queer. Flame Con is currently inviting artists and exhibitors to partake in their 2022 convention. Find out the details on their Instagram page HERE.

Honorable Mentions:

The Dublin Gay Theatre Festival
Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Whistler Pride and Ski Festival
ELLA International Lesbian Festival
Gay Wine Weekend

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